SAMPLE TOWNSHIP PLAT SAMPLE TOWNSHIP PLAT SAMPLE TOWNSHIP PLAT Surveyed mines are shown in Section 7. A 1976 law requires Section 27 illustrates that the United States does not own the LAND STATUS RECORDS that all mining claims on federal lands be recorded in the BLM surface, but has an acquired mineral interest: hence the State Office. Those records are available for public inspection. shading. Section 28 and 29 both show the surface and the minerals are owned by the United States, but those originally The BLM Office has a record of mining claims which have retained, as in Section 28, are subject to disposition under one The records in the California BLM Office consist of several Procedure for Using Master Title Plat been patented and those which have been included in approved law, and those acquired, as in Section 29, are subject to elements. Each township has an ownership or MasterTitle Plat mineral surveys. If an official mineral survey has been made disposition under a different law. Therefore, the new records and a Historical Index. Some townships may also include As mentioned before, the records are designed to portray the of the mining claim, the claim is outlined with a survey weight will show whether the Government owns the surface or Leasable Resource Plats or Oil and Gas Plats which show title story by the use of lines and abbreviated notations. The line and is identified by the Mineral Survey Number such as minerals or both. issued mineral leases and permits. guides listed below, if followed in each case, should help in MS1550. If a claim has been patented, a patent line is drown making the records quite easy to read: around the claim and the patent number. such as 25389 in Records of lands acquired by the federal agencies other than One additional record is the Miscellaneous Document Index Section 7, is inserted in the affected area. The Mineral Survey BLM may not always be available in the office. However, which lists documents involving unidentified lands or orders 1. Al ways follow a particular line around until you come number will also be shown in the patented area. ownership status can usually be obtained from the records of of a general nature. These documents are an integral part of back to the point of beginning. The area within the bounds the county where the lands are located. the records and this index should be examined in conjunction of the line is the land affected. A 1955 law (Public Law 359) requires that the BLM Office with the records for each township to determine the complete must be advised of mining locations on withdrawn Power Site The right-of-way symbols shown in Section 31 and 32 status of public lands. 2. To find the notation for a particular line, know what the land. An index to mineral locations and contests has been include the width from the centerline of the RfW and the act line stands for. Refer to the legend of abbreviations and prepared for each township where these have been filed. under which the RfW was granted. It should be emphasized Microfilm copies of the records may be inspected by the symbols which explains the infonnation portrayed by the that rights-of-way are only shown in their approximate public, or paper copies may be purchased from the California different lines. The illustration in Section 9 is for Public Law 167, the Act of location. State Office of the BLM or the respective BLM Field Offices July 23, 1955. This law pertains to the right of the United in California. The State Office is located at 2800 Cottage 3. The identification for the area circumscribed by a line States to manage surface resources on unpatented mining Section 25 is an example of a jurisdiction boundary line Way, Rm W. 1834, Sacramento, CA 95825. This office is usually appears at the lower edge of the area involved. In claims. Although it does not affect title, where a final between California District Offices. Section 33 shows an open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday some instances where space is limited. the identification may determination has been made, it is noted on the right-hand side example of a county boundary line. Various types of range through Friday, except on legal holidays. There are fifteen be "arrowed" in. The legend of abbreviations gives the full of the plat. improvements are shown in Section 34. Section 35 shows a Field Offices plus a District Office in Riverside. Each have wording. notation referring to a supplemental plat. land status for land under their jurisdiction. Sections 13,14,15,23, and 24 illustrate examples of patents. 4. Whenever the plat is too small to adequately tell the A patent line is drown around the lands described in the patent. Historical Index MASTER TITLE PLAT story, a supplemental plat is prepared on a larger scale. When two patented areas adjoin, there is a double -weight line. Usually not more than four sections appear on a supplemental The single and double-weight patent lines are shown in Section The Historical Index is a chronological narrative of all past The Master Title Pat shows the land which has been patented plat. If a supplemental plat has been made. the Master Title 14. The patent number usually appears in the lower extremity and present actions which affect the use of or title to public to private ownership, the patent numbers, and the reservations Plat will indicate it. The title infonnation for those sections of the area patented. Land which is still in federal ownership lands and resources. It can be used to check title, but is was to the United States as stated in the patent. The absence of will be shown only on the supplemental plat. will not have a patent number. Note the SW1I4NW1I4. not designed for that purpose, nor is it necessary for use in such information would indicate the land is still federal land - SE1I4NW1I4, NW1I4SE1I4 in the middle of Section 14. making title determinations. The primary value is its often referred to as public domain. Withdrawals, rights-of The sample township plat included with this explanation adaptability for abstract work. way, national forests, Indian reservations, wildlife refuges, sheet has been prepared to show most of the types of lines Whenever there are any reservations to the United States, a classifications, and other reservations and actions are also used. The following explanation will further assist the reader notation will appear below the patent number. If there is Source Documents shown. Lands which have been patented and then reacquired in using and understanding the sample plat. nothing below the patent number, the United States reserved by the United States by donation, purchase, or condemnation nothing. The patent numbers and reservation for the patented The title infonnation on the Master Title Plat was taken from are shown as either reconveyed public domain or (stippled) The light-weight line surrounding Section 1 is the weight of areas outlined in Section 13, 23. and 24 are examples of the microfilm copies of documents such as patents, withdrawal acquired lands. Grazing pennits or leases and timber sales are the survey lines which appear on the basic plat. Sections 3 various types which can occur. orders, state selection lists, etc. These microfilm copies are not a part ofthe new records,and infonnation concerning them and 8 show how lots appear. Note that the subdivision lines filed in the BLM Office and paper copies can be made and must be obtained from the District Offices. separating lots are not full length, only partial: they are called Section 16 and 36 illustrate grant of land made to the State of purchased from that office. tick marks. These partial subdivision lines are the only California. Sections 17, 20. and 21 show an example of a The first step in building the Master Title Pat was the making survey lines shown within a section. Survey lines for a full lease or permit line. As mentioned before. grazing leases or of a basic township plat based on the most recent survey or 40-acre subdivision in a section are not shown. Section 4 permits are not shown. Section 18 illustrates a pending protraction. If more than one survey has been made for a shows a boundary line between surveyed and unsurveyed application and an approved or allowed application.. The township, the basic plat is a composite of all the surveys, with lands. notation identifies the serial number and type of application. the composite survey picture appearing on one page. Although Section 19 illustrates land classifications by BLM. it is a copy or a composite of the surveys, the Master Title In Sections 5 and 6 there is shown a line which is used to Plat must not be construed as an official survey plat. outline federal withdrawals or classifications affecting a part The United States occasionally reacquires lands which had of the township. These are further identified as to type of been previously patented. Such land is referred to as acquired The Master Title Plat illustrates title infonnation by the use of order and purpose by notations at the lower edge of the area land if the law authorizing the reacquisition does not provide various weights and types of lines to show the area affected. outlined. The date shown is the date of the last order that the lands return to public domain status. Where the BLM Each weight or kind of line indicates a separate and distinct affecting that area. If the entire township is affected, it is not Office has the acquisition infonnation, such acquired lands are type of action. Each such action is shown by an abbreviated outlined. Instead. a notation on the right-hand side of the plat shaded. as shown in Sections 27 through 30. The fact that an notation which identifies the action or authority for it. will state that the entire township is in the withdrawal or area is shaded indicates that the United States has an acquired classification. A good rule to follow is to always first check surface interest or an acquired mineral interest, or both. the right-hand side of the plat for notations. Exactly what was acquired by the United States is shown by the notations.
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